Woman Escapes Edmond House Fire

Friday, March 1st 2013, 9:47 pm
By: News 9

Thick smoke filled an Edmond neighborhood as firefighters battled a stubborn blaze just west of I-35 on Friday.

A woman who was inside the home at the time is now recovering, according to fire department officials. Firefighters say that woman will be fine. Investigators say the home will likely be a total loss.

"It was terrifying," homeowner Edward Marand said. "The first thing that crossed my mind was get the wife out of the house."

Marand believes a spark from the breaker box is to blame, but the official cause is still under investigation.

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When the fire started, Marand says he attempted to call 911, but the flames caused his telephone to go dead. Neighbors called for help. Firefighters were able to get the fire under control, but they spent several hours working the scene in the chilly weather.

"The [firefighters] did say we had exposures on both sides of [the] house," Lt. Jeff Ryan with the Edmond Fire Department said. "The [neighboring] houses are very close together. [Firefighters] did a great job in saving both homes."

Marand was left amazed on just how fast his house could be destroyed.

"The fire was small in the beginning," Marand said. "It just quickly spread."

Marand says he is thankful no one was hurt.